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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Nov 24, 2006 8:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Tiger in A Trance

Hi Guys =) Hope everybody had a Grate thanksgiving!
I just got a copy of "Tiger In A Trance" by Max Ludington. Has anybody read this? It's a novel about an 18 year-old kid named jason who is following the dead full time (the year is supposed to be 1985) and selling t-shirts in the lots. Anyway, on the back cover of the book it says... "The grateful Dead have been the backdrop of many novels..." ?? Does anyone know of another novel, another fiction story like this one, where the characters are on tour?
~Dancin'

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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 24, 2006 10:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

i've never read it, so i can't be sure, but i believe douglas coupland's "polaroids from the dead," is a series of short stories centering around a GD concert in california.

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Nov 24, 2006 8:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

thanks for the heads up on the book,by the way are you still looking for 5-25-77?

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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Nov 24, 2006 8:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

yes, I am =)

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Nov 24, 2006 10:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

Dancinbears, there IS another novel out there with a GD backdrop and, if memory serves, was a sort of "road novel" concerning a pair of main characters following the Dead. It goes back a few years, mid-to-late '90's, I think and I'll be dawged if I can remember a title, author, or plotline. (My apologies on that...) There is, of course, a plethora of non-fiction Dead-related material out there. IMO, the best I can think of off-hand (beyond specific Dead-bios) would probably be some of the passages from Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.
Sorry I couldn't be more helpful.

This post was modified by mudcatbluez on 2006-11-25 06:43:07

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Poster: RiverRat1492 Date: Nov 25, 2006 4:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

And I thought the only "Tiger in a Trance" was in "Saint of Circumstance." Interesting...

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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Nov 25, 2006 5:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

Well thanks for this help guys... if anyone remembers specific titles or authors, let me know. I'm going to try other sites and keep searching since I know there are books out there. I have read 'polaroids from the dead', and yes, one of the short stories focuses on Deadheads.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 25, 2006 6:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

Dancinbears: Another alternative I have found: under the proper conditions put on some classic Grateful Dead jams and read Coleridge's "Kubla Khan" and/or "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner." It will get you to where you want to go. --- AshesRising

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Poster: cush11 Date: Nov 24, 2006 8:53pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

I can think of one, but it's been many years and I'll have to dig through a lot of cobwebs of memory to recall it. The GD don't play a major part but toward the the of the story the main character is at (I think) Winterland and the Grateful Dead are playing Dark Star and the plot unfolds from there...

Also, I'm slow on the welcomes, but indeed welcome to the "boy's club"! Boy's clubs are always a lot more fun when they have girls in them!!!

I'll ley you know if I can remember that book...

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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Nov 24, 2006 9:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

Thanks for the welcome Cush! I would love to know the name of the book if you remember it. I did a search at amazon, but it only finds me books ABOUT the grateful dead, not novels where the story is about deadheads and the scene. I got this one from e-bay. And since the back reads that there should be more out there, I'd love to find them.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Nov 25, 2006 12:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

It's a "Stranger in a Strange Land"esque story. The main character's name is Kitaj I think. I'll keep digging, it'll come to me eventually. I have sustained a fair amount of legitimate as well as recreational brain damage... The data is still there, retrieving it gets a little sketchy though...

Good night again...

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Poster: cush11 Date: Nov 25, 2006 1:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

Bingo! I couldn't remember it, but I did find it! Title is: Smile on the Void by Stuart Gordon here's the link where I found it:

http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/2002/cur0205.htm

Like I said earlier the Grateful Dead played just a small part but it was a fun read...

Looks like it's out of print, but I did find used copies available at Amazon.

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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Nov 25, 2006 3:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

Cush! Thank you! I'm going to keep my eyes out for this. I read the summary, and this is something I'd be interested in. I'll put it on my wish list for E-bay's half.com, and get it for a steal then.

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Poster: BryanE Date: Nov 25, 2006 1:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

Never read it, but there is a book called Dead Tour that involves, if I'm not mistaken, intrigue in the parking lot or something to that effect.

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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Nov 25, 2006 3:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

Going to keep my eyes out for this one too. I was able to find it on amazon, but no picture or summary.

I did found another fiction book called... 'Dancing Within the Song' about a girl whose mom gave birth to her at a Grateful Dead show. She eventually grows up and goes on tour with the dead. interesting, huh?

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Poster: cush11 Date: Nov 25, 2006 3:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

I had a friend/neighbor like that a few (well 12-13) years ago. In very rural, very redneck Paulden AZ no less! Damn hippies, they're everywhere. Gotta love it! He wasn't born at a show, but in a VW bus between shows on tour. He and his wife loved the Dead and their baby got to hear Jerry a few times to!

If I should come across my Smile on the Void, maybe Santa will want me to pass it on! No promises, not even sure if I still have it, but I do need to go dig through the storage unit and do have many boxes of books in it.

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Poster: Dancinbears Date: Nov 25, 2006 4:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Tiger in A Trance

That would be nice. =)
I've started Tiger in a Trance, and I'm hooked from the first paragraph!